OK, so nobody admits to growing teeny tiny potatoes. I was given a bag of mixed potatoes by a friend, their first go at home-grown spuds. I think the plants had had a hot dry time of it, and were probably harvested too early as well. At the bottom of the bag was a selection of potatoes about the size of a marble. This is what I did with them.
- Teeny tiny potatoes.
- Salt and pepper
- Chopped parsley
- I boiled the teeny tiny potatoes in salted water for ten minutes, and then drained them.
- I melted the butter in the pan, and fried the garlic until it was golden, then added the tiny potatoes along with seasoning and continued to cook until the potato skins were beginning to colour and crisp up a bit.
- Then I added the chopped parsley, and served
I added some very fresh cooked carrots the second time I made this.
I made these with prawns from DA and Tina. There are some great food producers locally, and they need our support, having lost their overseas markets during the Covid-19 pandemic. DA and Tina have had such a good experience selling their catch locally, they may be able to continue working this way in the future.
https://eatdrinkhebrides.org.uk/ takes you to an evolving website for purchasing local produce.
- 1 kilo of prawns.
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 to 2 chopped green chillies
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
- 1 large clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
- 15 curry leaves or 10 basil leaves
- 5 tbsp peeled chopped tomatoes (or grated tomatoes)
- Shell the prawns (easier if they are quickly cooked first)
- Put the prawns in a bowl with the cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt and chillies, and mix well. If you are working ahead of time, they can be covered and kept in the fridge for a few hours.
- Put the oil in a wok, medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds. After a few seconds they will start to sizzle and pop.
- As soon as the mustard seeds start popping, add the chopped garlic, stir and then add the prawns and curry leaves.
- Stir a few times, and then add the grated tomatoes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for two or three minutes.
- Serve immediately.
We served the prawns on a bed of noodles, but they could be served as a starter on their own, or with rice.
I’m not sure if this is a soup or a stew. It is very sweet from the gently stewed garlic and lamb, just the most delicious comfort food. I found it in ‘Jerusalem’ by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
- 1 olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 to 1/2 head of celeriac, peeled and chopped into small dice
- 20 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 500g lamb or beef, in 2cm squares
- 1.75L water
- 1 can of cannellini beans
- 7 cardamom pods, crushed
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tsp date syrup or brown sugar
- 250g small firm potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
- Salt and pepper
- Lemon wedges and chopped coriander, to serve
- Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion and celeriac on a medium heat for fie minutes, until the onion starts to brown.
- Add the garlic and cumin and cook for another couple of minutes before taking off the heat and setting to one side
- Put the meat in the water in a large pan, and bring to a simmer. Cook for ten minutes, skimming any foam from the surface.
- Add the onions, celeriac, beans, cardamom, turmeric, tomato puree and sugar. Bring to the boil, and then simmer for an hour.
- Add the potatoes to the soup season with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Bring back to the boil and simmer for a further 20 minutes until the potatoes are cooked and tender. You may need to add water and stir from time to time to prevent the soup from sticking.
- Serve the soup with a squeeze of lemon and some chopped coriander leaves.